Atheneum, 1990 - 250 pages
Peg O'Crerieh is a wife, mother, creative writing teacher, and sometime resident of the Everview Residential Treatment Center, which she is once again preparing to leave. Awaiting Peg at home are her devoted family, the normal pressures of daily life, and, most important, the students in her Nontraditional English class, where the assignment is always to write about Peg.As Peg struggles to find her place in the outside world, she finds herself drawn into her students' stories. Usurping their material, revising their facts, Peg inches slowly toward the truth until she is eventually able to confront the tragedy that sent her to Everview -- and which she may, at last, be able to leave behind. By turns brilliantly comic and painfully sad, Little Peg is a portrait of a singular woman, and of a life illuminated and transformed by the restorative powers a gifted writer.
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Peter Thompsenson , who sits at the corner of the table farthest from me , is
trembling like a hummingbird . He thinks he knows what Mitchey means about
tea : he feels covered wingtip to nosetip by all the golden pollen in her voice .
Burns slowly turns his total attention on Peter , who is also a Nontraditional
repeater . " Peter , " he says , " I always like what you do . " Then he looks at
Francis and asks her , " What did he do ? ' ' Peter starts to explain but I say , " I'm
going to ...
Today we'll also discuss Peter Thompsenson's story , ' John Glenn , American
Hero . ' " Peter starts to correct ... Always excited about their own work , the most
hardened of them are unnerved by their concern for Peter . And Peter's throat is
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This is the second novel from McIlvoy ( The Fifth Station , LJ 3/1/88), an English professor at New Mexico State University. Peg O'Crerieh Aigley is estranged from her husband, the mother of a teenage ... Read full review